A ruling of the Kings of Arms made on 6 November 1997 allows a married woman to bear her own arms alone differenced by a small escutcheon. That will continue to be the case but the addition of the mark of difference will forthwith be optional.
the Colledge Of Arms
On a field, azure, the letter "d," misspelt
The arms of a man pass equally to all his legitimate children, irrespective of their order of birth.
Cadency marks may be used to identify the arms of brothers…
"No person may lawfully have the same coat of arms as another person in the same heraldic jurisdiction although in England the bearing of identical arms without differencing marks by descendants from a common armigerous ancestor has been widespread and tolerated by the College of Arms.”
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